Pediatricians seldom see a more worried parent than one with concern about food and their child. We live in a land of plenty with virtually no failure to thrive but with ever-increasing percentage of overweight and obese children; yet you would never think so from the questions from parents. With anxiety etched across their faces, the questions come: Why is my toddler so picky? Is my child sick since he doesn't eat enough? Will my child's limited palette lead to health problems? The fact is children regulate their intake quite nicely.
Throughout your child's life, you should envision yourself simply as a purveyor of foods and drink to introduce to your child. The simplicity is scary. The rules of nutrition are these: Parents control: What, When, Where. Children control: If and How much. These rules are so important they are called the Cardinal Rules, suggested in 1999 by Dr. Blank. The information on our site will help you make sense of them.
Meeting a growing child's energy needs through all the stages of life leads to huge variations. At Pediatrics East we are here to help guide you through these changing stages of your child's development. At each of the well child checkups, we will be discussing with you the dietary guidelines and pitfalls that you can use to influence healthy eating habits throughout your child's lifetime.
Pediatric East has a very knowledgeable pediatric dietician on staff, Brandi Jordan. If you have any questions about your child and their nutrition, Brandi is here to help. She can help you assess and treat nutritional issues that come up.
This page was authored by Dr. Melissa Adams.